Monday, October 12, 2015


The Devil’s Hook
by Pearl R. Meaker


GENRE: Cozy Mystery



Jairus Twombly's familial intuition is faltering and his new personal assistant seems to be trying to replace his wife, Amy.

On the Twombly College campus, someone is breaking into the dorm rooms of female students leaving things instead of taking things: red colored objects including a red golf ball, a red ribbon and a tiny red stuffed dog.

When a recipient of some of the red objects goes missing and is returned after being told, "You're not her", and the personal assistant turns up dead with Amy Twombly's elegant Bloodwood crochet hook in her eye, things heat up for Emory Crawford and her chemist and forensic scientist husband, Dr. Jebbin Crawford.

Emory, along with the Twombly's Nancy Drew-like daughter, Madison, once more turns to her amateur detective skills and intuition to solve the mysteries.


“Get it out! Get it out! Get it out!”

Amy was screaming the words over and over, hands held to either side of her face like Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream.”

There was a body on the floor at the far end of the table on my side. I heard doors sliding. I swung my head to look at the doors into the main hall.

“What on earth is . . .”

“Iga,” I yelled to be heard above Amy’s hysterics. “Get Amy and Madison out of here, now!”

I heard her rounding up the two Twomblys and taking them somewhere else. My attention was on the body on the floor.

A couple of steps closer and I could see what Amy was screaming about. There lay the display pedestal surrounded by mangled flowers and a porcelain vase in shards, some of which were resting in the blood on the floor as it bled into the water the flowers had been in. Despite knowing there had been an argument in here a short while before, despite the overturned furniture and broken vase that could have been knocked over for a very different reason than the one Amy gave us, even though Amy’s bloodwood crochet hook was protruding from Resie’s left eye, I knew with every shiver running through my soul that Amy hadn’t done this. And, since Resie wasn’t writhing in agony, I also knew she was dead.

The Devil's HookThe Devil's Hook by Pearl R. Meaker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pearl R. Meaker did it again!
I felt so happy when I started reading this book, it was like a second date.
In Devil's Hook we meet again with the most delightful character of all times: Emory Crawford. And she's still a little prying, highly intuitive, extremely smart and ready to solve another mystery!! And what a Mystery!!
The story is fast paced, with new interesting characters, more witty dialogues, full of twists and turns and great amounts of mystery.
I'm hoping that we have more books with Emory!!
Highly Recommended
*I received a Free copy in exchange for an Honest Review*

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Pearl R. Meaker is an upper-middle-aged, short, pudgy homemaker, mother, and grandmother who in 2002 became a writer. Initially writing fanfiction she soon tried original fiction at the encouragement of her regular readers. She has been a life-long lover of mystery stories and automatically went to that genre for her first book, The Devil’s Music. She and her husband of nearly 40 years live in central Illinois. They both love bluegrass music, playing fiddle and banjo and singing. Pearl also does many crafts –  when she’s not reading or writing - knitting, crochet, origami, needlepoint, and cross-stitch among them. She also enjoys birding and photography and is a former fencer.

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  1. Hi Julia! Thank you so much for hosting me today, and for the wonderful review! Hugs! :-)

    1. Hi Pearl!!! Thank you for letting me be part of your Tour!! I adore Emory, hope to see more of her in a next book!!

    2. If things go according to plan - you will. ;-)

  2. Sounds like a very intriguing book, thanks for sharing and your review!

    1. Hi Eva! Good to see you. You're welcome and thank you for coming and commenting. :-)

    2. Hi Eva, thank you for stopping by!!

  3. Thanks for sharing the excerpt, I'm looking forward to reading the book :)

    1. Hi Victoria :-)

      You're welcome. You'll have to let me know what you think about my book after you read it. :-)

  4. What a great review! I can't wait to read more! Thank you.

    1. Hi again ReeDee! Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. :-)